The Rail XC Crystal Clear Fototec. Photo c. Sam Anderson Support us! Bikerumor may earn a small commission from affiliate links in this article. Learn More
Tifosi portrays itself as the sports sunglass company of the people — an Oakley killer offering competitively-priced quality products.
Enter the Rail XC, the brand’s latest effort to accommodate a customer base ranging from long-distance cyclists to golfers. The XC leads with the brand’s fototec lens, which “darkens as the day grows brighter,” and a frameless shield shape geared toward coverage and ventilation. Photo c. Sam Anderson The XC is the successor to Tifosi’s first Rail , which had a bigger, higher-profile lens. The angle with the XC is to fold in folks with smaller faces. While the XC is dramatically smaller on the vertical axis, everything else remains virtually the same between the designs.
There’s the lens that combines mirroring with photochromic qualities (read: self-adjusts to light intensity). And the earpieces and nosepiece adjust to help dial in fit. The budget price tag is still there: $80 MSRP. (Note: the original Rail is on sale for $60 as of this writing.)
The Rail XC weighs a manageable 31g, and the shield dimensions are 52.6mm x 131mm.
On my first pass at the Crystal Clear Fototec XC, I liked the tint right away. The lens blocked blues nicely, and turned up contrast and clarity on anything reflective or semi-reflective, like wet pavement or vehicles. The glasses fit comfortably and felt balanced.
It was clear to me that Tifosi […]
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